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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) lead the team of wizards in their quest to defeat Grindelwald (Madds Mikkelsen). Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore rose in popularity among audiences with a collaboration of a beloved story and majestic animation.

“Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore” is a thoughtfully created, cinematic beauty

By Audrey Tsai and Rebekah Park May 20, 2022

A massive scorpion-like monster, a popular fascist leader (with an inexplicably good-looking love interest), election rigging and Newt Scamander’s iconic dancing come together in the Warner Brothers...

Author Stephen Ragon shows off his new novel, Galaxy Asunder.

Wakefield alumni releases his first novel

By Justin G. Belmonte, Wakefield High School - NC May 20, 2022

Wakefield’s long list of notable alumni has just added a new legacy to its list. Author Stephen Ragon is a Wakefield alumni from the graduating class of 2016. On March 25, 2022, he released his first...

Mbiyu behind the scenes of his first Grape Escape photoshoot.

David Mbiyu escapes into fashion world

By Grace Kelly, Silverado High School May 19, 2022

On Apr. 1, junior David Mbiyu (pronounced M-B-U) presented his fashion brand Grape Escape at For the Culture’s local art festival First Friday, just one week after dropping the release. Mbiyu’s...

The prized television show “Sesame Street” introduces new characters who will represent millions of kids around the world.

New muppet makes headlines: “Sesame Street” shines spotlight on children with physical disabilities

By Lauren Puthoff, Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 18, 2022

Ever since “Sesame Street” premiered in 1969, it has taken the world by storm and become a staple television show in every household. This educational series has helped children learn new information...

Dr. Strange examines different worlds in the multiverse using his magic.

‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ lives up to its name

By Tanish Mendki and Nameek Chowdhury May 18, 2022

Diving headfirst into the concept of the existence of multiple universes in past films such as ‘Loki’ and ‘Spiderman: No Way Home,’ ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is another...

Mr Morale & the Big Steppers, released today, is Kendrick Lamars first album in five years.

Lamar returns with new sounds, more social commentary

By Sam Tobiczyk, Baldwin High School - PA May 16, 2022

By the time Kendrick Lamar released his fourth album, Damn., it seemed like he had accomplished everything a musical artist could. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on that album, becoming the only...

Elton John, Young Thug, Billy Porter, Bad Bunny, and Stray Kids are just a few of the prominent trailblazers of androgynous fashion.

Harry Styles isn’t the epitome of androgynous fashion

By Lina Mezerreg, Lynbrook High School - CA May 13, 2022

Fashion has long been a form of self-expression, but as androgynous or gender non-conforming fashion begins to enter the mainstream, public figures have often received polarizing media attention for their...

Mary Bracht (P’24) attends the Alderney Literary Festival, an annual gathering celebrating historical literature from March 29 to 31, 2019. Bracht’s debut novel, “White Chrysanthemum,” was published in 2018.

Mary Bracht illuminates forgotten injustice of comfort women in ‘White Chrysanthemum’

By Eden Leavey, The American School in London May 11, 2022

From 1932 to 1945, the Imperial Japanese Army took approximately 200,000 Asian girls and women to live in brothels where they were sexually assaulted by soldiers several times a day, per the Asian Women’s...

Amari Nasafi displays his brightly-colored Nike Lebron 11s, originally released in 2014.

Shoe game

By Lily Prochaska and Krisha Kapoor May 11, 2022

To some, shoes are just another accessory, something to wear to protect your feet. For others, collecting shoes is a fun hobby, and their footwear brings out a sense of pride. From Yeezys to Crocs, shoes...

READY FOR RECORDING: Junior Alan Roth stands with his music equipment in his room. Roth, who
releases music under the name “shawty’s boy,” got the motivation to start making music from his friend, and hopes to turn music into a career.

Friends and dedication lead junior to start making music

By Kate Davis, James Bowie High School May 10, 2022

Headphones on, standing in his closet, Alan Roth raps his newly written song into his microphone, which is wedged between a couple of t-shirts. Roth, a junior, has been rapping for about a year and...

Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) trudges through battle in Robert Eggers The Northman. The film is now playing in theaters.

“The Northman” is masterful, brutal Viking epic

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School May 9, 2022

Avenge father. Save mother. Kill Fjolnir. This is the mantra of Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård), as he seeks revenge against his uncle Fjolnir (Claes Bang), the man who killed his father and took his kingdom...

Snapchat’s optimistic mission is masked by users’ compulsive desires to maintain streaks and to illustrate a perfect life.

Snapchat: Fostering friendships or competition?

By Susanna Tang, Lynbrook High School - CA May 6, 2022

Approximately 319 million users every day tap on the iconic white ghost centered within a yellow box to reply to a friend’s “snap” — a picture or short video. Snapchat’s mission is to “empower...

Is the amount of time spent on screens too much? The average teen spends over three hours a day on a device, an action that can have consequences for mental and physical health and well-being.

The dark side of screen time

By Tymofiy Kornyeyev and Calvin Jacobson May 5, 2022

Humans have gone from using crude, makeshift tools in their daily endeavors to using some of the most astounding modern developments in the world, all within only the last millennium. What would seem like...

Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) faces down the multiverse in Everything Everywhere All at Once. The film is now playing in theaters.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is silly, beautiful modern classic

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School May 5, 2022

This is perhaps the most aptly-titled film ever made. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant who discovers that she is the key to saving the multiverse. ...

The teachers at Woodbridge High gather together and play their instruments for their event.

Generations Worth of Talent Through Music

By Ethan Lewis, Woodbridge High School May 4, 2022

Started in 1994, “The Generations” has had a massive impact on students and teachers alike. It’s goal was to unite teachers and students in a rock band through Woodbridge High. Physical Education...

A copy of author Candace Flemings “Murders  Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime” sits in the location where it all started: the streets in Hyde Park where 14-year-old Bobby Frank was taken over a century ago. The book compiles newspaper articles, court records and photos to create a narrative nonfiction account of the “Crime of the Century.”

Murder on your block: Author brings century-old university case to younger audiences

By Amy Ren, University of Chicago Laboratory High School May 4, 2022

Almost a century ago, two teenagers murdered a little boy on the South Side. Their reason: to see if they could get away with it. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, both precocious and affluent, spent months...

The latest Marvel tv show features a unique, cultural soundtrack.

Marvel’s Moon Knight introduces Mahraganat music to American audiences

By Avery Belisle, Midlothian High School May 4, 2022

Marvel’s newest show Moon Knight stars actor Oscar Issac as the mild-mannered Steven Grant who, unbeknownst to him, shares a body with the mysterious Marc Specter. Specter is the Avatar of Khonshu, an...

 “Asking for media to accurately and respectfully portray LGBTQ+ love is not asking for too much in modern America. Asking to be respectfully acknowledged for existing is the bare minimum.”

Keeping the pride when straight and queer media converge

By Caroline Sierk, Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 4, 2022

Queer media has finally been given the space to thrive freely in American pop culture, and while its emergence has been cautious, its presence is trickling in impactfully.  Social platforms have helped...

Coppell High School 2016 graduate Jordan Nugent and her Italian greyhound, Molly Mae, win the Audience Choice Award in the Dog Days Fashion Show at the Coppell Arts Center on Saturday. The Arts Center Foundation hosted the Dog Days Fashion Show and Adoption Event to raise funds and awareness about the arts center while bringing the community together.

The Dog Days are here again

By Trisha Atluri, Coppell High School May 3, 2022

A ferocious lion, three superheroes, a cowboy, pretty pink princesses, a hula dancer and more performed at the Coppell Arts Center on Saturday. All of the competitors had three things in common:...

As technology advances and revolutionizes our daily lives, our ways of creating art and expressing ourselves are transformed as well.

Exploring Artistic Expression in a Digital Age

With the growing technological advancements and digitization of the modern world, our means of artistic expression have been transformed and broadened. Art has always been a key part of the human experience,...

Charming Netflix series Twenty-Five Twenty-One offers a picturesque narrative of adolescent growth in tumultuous times as it navigates love, change, and sacrifice.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One Paints Bittersweet Portrait of Youth

By Laura Renfroe, Pelahatchie High School May 3, 2022

Sipping citrus-flavored popsicle drinks on humid nights. Finally obtaining that one collectible sticker in the pastry package you have always wanted. Racing to the local book rental store after school...

Baldwin staff members share their opinions on movies and sports on a radio show and two podcasts.

Baldwin staff members share opinions through podcasts, radio

By Ethan Spozarski and Carson Chapel May 3, 2022

Many people like to post their opinions about sports and entertainment on social media, with Will Smith’s “Oscar slap” of Chris Rock and the 3,000th hit by Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera dominating...

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard face off in a year-long trial over defamation and domestic violence.

The Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial: A complex case of defamation and abuse

By Olivia Payne, Academy of the Holy Names April 29, 2022

Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation after she called herself a victim of domestic abuse in an op-ed article she wrote for The Washington Post. Depp...

Willow Barrys depiction of the connection between  Nick and Charlie in the  Netflix show Heartstopper.

Heartstopper: a celebration of queerness, youth, and love

By AURELIA HARRISON, Gloucester High School - MA April 28, 2022

A few days ago, I opened Netflix to find a TV show to knit to, and was met with a pleasant surprise. At the top of my  recommended list, in the Netflix Top 10, was a title I recognized: "Heartstopper." ...

As the world discovers a new facet of the digital economy in NFTs, West High students create their own NFT culture inside the school.

The NFT craze

By Krisha Kapoor and Jane Lam April 28, 2022

One quick click and a piece of art worth millions is now yours. However, you will never hold it in your hands. This is the reality of Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs. NFTs represent ownership of a piece...

Picture of Raeann with her book, True Gem, courtesy of Regina Gillberg.

True Gem

By Ronin Vasquez, Class of 2024, Communications Arts High School April 26, 2022

Racing to the computer lab every morning right before school, Freshman Raeann Gillberg types furiously, writing and editing constantly to complete the story she has worked on for years.   Every...

Evelyn converses with an Internal Revenue Service inspector after being given another chance to pay her taxes, having filed them incorrectly the first time.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” puts heart into comedy

By Lillian Wang, Monta Vista High School April 25, 2022

Laundromat owner Evelyn Wang’s failure to file her taxes tips into a multiversal war over a world-ending bagel in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” released in theaters nationwide on April 8....

Members of the community play several word games, from Wordle and its various spin-offs to The New York Times’ Spelling Bee, Mini Crossword and other puzzles.

Global word games popularity strikes community

By Eva Marriott-Fabre, The American School in London April 21, 2022

In any high school classroom, students and faculty can be overheard saying, “Did you solve it today? How many tries did it take you?” while others crouch over their laptops puzzled at five-letter...

A player overlooks Liurnia of the Lakes in FromSoftwares Elden Ring. The game is now available on Playstation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

“Elden Ring” dazzles its way into the future of gaming

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School April 21, 2022

A new benchmark has been set. “Elden Ring” is the newest game from acclaimed developer FromSoftware, and was directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki. The game is now available on Playstation 5, Xbox Series...

Peter Dinklage dazzles in his titular role in the film “Cyrano,” which premiered in theaters on Feb. 25. However, the film proves that there exists a line between art and entertainment; it passes as art but doesn’t easily entertain.

“Cyrano” languishes as an overwrought metaphor

By Grace Zhao, Dougherty Valley High School April 20, 2022

“Cyrano” landed in theaters on Feb. 25 with an all-star cast of Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett and Ben Mendelsohn, with Joe Wright (“Pride & Prejudice” and “Darkest Hour”) at the helm as...

Stand-up 
comedian Crystal Lambert performs a set 
at Google in May 2020. Remembering how she had to overcome both self-doubt and a broken microphone at her first set, Lambert credited her willingness to take a chance on her beloved hobby as the reason she has grown so much as a performer.

So you want to be a . . . comedian?

By Trisha Iyer and Alena Suleiman April 20, 2022

When Crystal Lambert performed comedy for the first time nearly two years ago, she had to push herself into following through on delivering her set. She felt dread at first, wondering, “Why do I think...

Michael Morbius possesses the ability to transform into a vampire.

“Morbius” fails to deliver a memorable origin story

By Minjae Kang, Monta Vista High School April 19, 2022

Marvel Entertainment’s classic villain Morbius makes his live-action debut in Sony’s latest film. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, “Morbius” tells the story of doctor Michael Morbius, (played by Jared...

As time goes on, practical effects have become more and more obsolete, rapidly being replaced by CGI.

A Vivisection of Visual Effects

By Aris Pastor, North Allegheny Senior High School April 18, 2022

Animatronics. Cardboard models. Makeup. All of these are deeply emblematic of the history of practical effects in movies, especially in science fiction and fantasy. Throughout television and movie history,...

By failing to represent the diversity in modern music, the Grammys have begun to lose their prestige

As music evolves, the Grammys fall behind

By Tanvi Rao, Dougherty Valley High School April 18, 2022

As they approach their 64th ceremony, the Grammys are starting to show their age. Music is ever-changing as the years pass by, but the highly-regarded awards show just can’t seem to keep up. In March...

The cover photo for collaborative single, “Will You Be My Light Switch,” by seniors Jaden Path and Puneet Singh features a dark silhouette of Singh creating a heart with her hands under a starry night sky at Joshua Tree National Park. “I was showing him some of my other pictures, and he really liked that one,” Singh said. “And honestly, I really liked it too, because I feel like the vibes of the picture were correct for the song.”

Seniors Jaden Path and Puneet Singh ‘Switch’ Things up with Recent Single

By Lauren Hsu and Celine Lee April 15, 2022

“And I said it all before; in a heartbeat, I’ll be yours,” a soft voice croons. The beat intensifies, gradually speeding up and growing louder. The melodic synthesizers hum low in the background...

Artists color their communities through street art and graffiti art

By Matthew Trezza, Stroudsburg High School April 15, 2022

From the tallest buildings to the shortest sidewalks, street artists can make art using the massive canvas that is the city. They paint over the world around them to express important messages and bring...

LEAN ON ME: Emilia Jones as Ruby Rossi and Troy Kotsur as her father sit in the bed of their truck in CODA, the award-winning film about a daughter who is the only hearing member in a Deaf family.

‘CODA’: Lending an ear to unheard communities (Review)

By Ryleigh Underwood, Carlisle Area High School April 14, 2022

Despite being dubbed this year’s Oscar “villain,” the movie CODA has emerged with two Academy wins. Successfully acquiring the Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay awards, CODA – which...

“All Of Us Are Dead” offers a fresh perspective into the chaos of modern pandemics as it explores love, sacrifice and political flaws at an epicenter of the walking dead.

“All Of Us Are Dead” ties zombie outbreaks to political endemics

By Emma Constable, Lynbrook High School - CA April 14, 2022

More than a stereotypical zombie horror show, South Korean drama “All Of Us Are Dead” offers a fresh perspective into the chaos of modern pandemics as it explores love, sacrifice and political flaws...

Students can make small sustainable changes in their lives, such as investing in reusable bags and thrifting.

Sustainable, attainable: Lifestyle changes for the busy student

By Addie Gleason, Parkway West High School April 14, 2022

We’ve all heard the classics. “Turn the lights off when you leave the room. Don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth. Recycle paper instead of throwing it away.” These are all small...

As 15% of Americans have been diagnosed with  hearing problems, it’s time for movie theaters to start normalizing open captioning.

Making Movie Theaters More Inclusive

By Shaima Tora, Rock Ridge High School April 13, 2022

Whenever a new movie hits the silver screen, we gather our friends and head to the theaters for a fun day out. However, for the 37.5 million Americans that are deaf or hard of hearing, movie theaters are...

The Batman uses simplistic designs on their posters, in order to replicate the tone of the film.

“The Batman” defies expectations and changes the future of superhero films

By Makenna True, Londonderry High School April 11, 2022

When news broke in May of 2019 that a new actor would take up the mantle as Batman, the world waited with anticipation. Whoever would join the ranks of the great Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck,...

The Tik Tok social media application loading screen is pictured as a student opens up to view the newest videos.

Teens tap into latest fads and trends

By Savannah Bone, Stroudsburg High School April 11, 2022

Have you ever contemplated posting or purchasing something just because it might not be trendy the next week? Should the money really go waste when it will be out of style by the time it ships? Trends...

MORE THAN WORDS: If you are one of the millions of people that have enjoyed the word game Wordle, check out the various spin-off puzzles that the game has inspired.

Game on: ‘Wordle’ spin-offs for every interest (Review)

By Grace Pak, Carlisle Area High School April 11, 2022

By now, you've probably heard of the popular game Wordle. You have six guesses to figure out the daily five-letter word based on color-coded hints. Maybe you're craving more, bored of it, or maybe...

Anthony and Kate cant seem to keep their eyes off of each other as they share a dance.

Bridgerton Season 2 gives South Asians long-awaited representation

By Anisa Alam, Clark Magnet High School April 11, 2022

As a South Asian girl, watching the lead of Briderton’s Season 2 be a beautiful Indian woman made me feel indescribable happiness and awe. Bridgerton did an excellent job in giving South Asians the...

Batman (Robert Pattinson) looks out across the Gotham skyline in The Batman. The film, directed by Matt Reeves, is now playing in theaters.

“The Batman” returns the character to noir roots in fascinating fashion

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School April 8, 2022

Vengeance is here. The long-awaited “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson as the titular vigilante, is now playing in theaters. The film also stars Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano and Jeffrey Wright, and...

If you like Rodrigo and her music, “driving home 2 u” is a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating addendum to “SOUR.”

‘driving home 2 u’ reviewed: A perfect pairing for Olivia Rodrigo

By Matthew Kim, Los Altos High School April 5, 2022

“driving home 2 u” opens by turning back the clock: the film’s subject, singer and actress Olivia Rodrigo, escaping from her sudden stardom to take a road trip down memory lane from Salt Lake City,...

Keedron Bryant’s self-titled EP features six catchy R&B songs, five of them addressing intense, growing feelings of young love.

14-year-old singer Keedron Bryant pioneers a refreshing, relatable approach to love songs with self-titled EP

By Hannah Lee, Sunny Hills High School April 5, 2022

Captivating the hearts — and ears — of listeners from all ages, 14-year-old American singer Keedron Bryant impresses listeners with his new and self-titled EP, the third one of his career. The teenager...

Charitha Chandran and Simone Ashley star as two of the leading characters on the second season of Birdgerton

“Bridgerton” is another disappointment in Indian representation

By Anushka De, Monta Vista High School April 5, 2022

The second season of Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” which aired on March 25, is the drama-infused next chapter in the stories of the provocative reimagination of the courting season in 19th Century England....

A still from senior Bess Frierson’s film, “Mush Room,” is pictured above. Frierson opened her senior show in the Eastern Star Gallery March 14, where visitors watched the five minute film projected on a wall.

When English and art collide: Senior Bess Frierson opens ‘The MUSH Room’

By Greta Irvine, Archer School for Girls April 5, 2022

What began as a larger-than-life cardboard mushroom later transformed into a film of childhood, identity, life and death. For Bess Frierson's senior art show, she adapted her visual art from English class...

Rao moonlights as the founder and host of popular podcast Down to Brown. Alongside guest speakers in each episode, Rao explores the different dimensions of the South Asian-American identity and seeks to answer this question: “what would life look like if we freed ourselves from the pressures of American assimilation and Indian stigma to be our best, most authentic selves?”

Lahari Rao (’08) talks hosting a podcast and discovering her own cultural identity

By Carol Xu, Amador Valley High School April 5, 2022

Lahari Rao (‘08) lives an intriguing double life. By day, she’s the senior internal communications partner at Gusto, based in the Bay Area. She loves incredibly detailed parties. When people see her...

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